Emmanuel Macron Opens Presidential Wine Cellar to Public

France’s Elysée Palace has officially opened its doors to its wine cellar first time this past weekend as part of a bid by President Emmanuel Macron to promote national heritage. There were 350 members of the public who toured the cavernous cellar which houses 14,000 bottles, from all the wine growing regions of France. “This is the…

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News Release: Cision® Partners with (Toronto-based) Top International Wine and Spirts journalist/Judge/Author and Influencer Liz Palmer

TORONTO, SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 / PRNewswire/Toronto-based wine journalist/judge/Author and one of the world’s top wine and spirits social media influencers Liz Palmer and Cision, one of the industry’s largest content distribution networks, have partnered to distribute content across each other’s respective networks respective networks.  Liz Palmer said, “My team and I are very excited about sharing Cision’s real-time content…

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Champagne Mumm Launches Zero-Gravity Bottle Design

It took three years of research and experimentation to develop Mumm Grand Cordon Stellar, the first champagne designed to be tasted in space. For this world premiere, Maison Mumm symbolically chose to fly over the vineyards of Reims to present its innovation during a zero-gravity flight. Science Serving Champagne Maison Mumm’s goal was to take…

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Results of 2018 Airline Wine Competition

Global Traveler, the only AAM-audited magazine for luxury business and leisure travelers, has released the results of its 15th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Competition. The competition, held at the end of May, took place at The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, in New York City. Expert judges participated in the blind tasting of…

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2018 Champagne Harvest – A Vintage Year

The Champagne Harvest begins on August 21. The region has had a year of extreme weather. Growers and houses saw record winter rainfall, with 345mm from November 2017 to January 2018. This beats the previous high of 338mm which was set in 1965, according to the Comité. A prolonged, cold winter has given way to…

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Another Record year in Cognac: 200 million bottles shipped

For the fourth straight year, exports of Cognac have continued their steady rise, with an increase of 8.2% in volume and 5.4% in value. The previous record of bottles shipped (200 million) has been surpassed, with 205.9 million bottles shipped between August 2017 and July 2018. With 3.2 billion euros (roughly 300 billion dollars) in…

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Weather Hazards Threaten Northern Italy’s 2018 Harvest

Italy is in the grip weather hazards including hail, floods, tornados and strong winds, casting fears on the 2018 vintage in regions like Lombardy, Piedmont, Emilia-Romangna and Veneto. Italy’s farmers’ association, Confederazione Nazionale Coltivatori Diretti (Coldiretti), has already warned that damages could cost the country’s agriculture industry €500 million. According to Coldiretti, rainfall in June…

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Capturing the Spirit of Cognac

Six members of the Circle of Wine Writers (CWW) traveled to Cognac, France from April 9th to 12th, 2018 to visit cognac producers from the designated growing areas of Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres and Dordogne. A special thank you to our member Liz Palmer and the BNIC for organizing this amazing trip. Reports were written (and will be…

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The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa Opens

“Follow the road of the golden bubbles” MAITRE DE MAISON – NICOLAS BÉLIARD –  Champagne’s first contemporary luxury hotel, The Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa officially opened this week. Embracing the lush bounty of the champagne houses and the surrounding UNESCO World Heritage sites, guests will have exclusive access to private Champagne houses, harvesting sessions…

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Liv-ex top 50 most-searched wines in 2018

Each year around the summer season, Liv-ex examines the top 50 most-viewed wines, based on visits to their website from January to July.  The search-data acts as a barometer for the interests of fine wine merchants, showing where there have been changes in the trade’s interests each year. Firsts still first The Bordeaux First Growths continue…

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U.S. Guinness Brewery is set to open August 3, 2018

Starting August 3, 2018 Guinness beer will be brewed at its own U.S. brewing facility. Guinness’ parent Diageo announced January 31, 2017 by press release that they would build a U.S. version of Dublin’s famous Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore County, Maryland. The $50 million project includes the construction of a mid-sized Guinness brewery, packaging…

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Wine Review: Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989

Wine Review: Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1989 First Growth. Premier Grand Cru Classe in 1973 Special Occasion – celebrating a family member’s one-year anniversary. It’s a lovely Pauillac that has reached its plateau of maturity; notably dark ruby in colour; It has an engaging cedar and tobacco bouquet with hints of mint; not much fruit concentration; the…

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Baffled by Wine Lists? You’re not alone…

A staggering 73% of Brits are intimidated by restaurant wine lists according to a recent study, while 58% don’t feel they have enough wine knowledge to order with confidence. As reported by The Express, the study of over 2,000 people, run by Californian wine giant E&J Gallo’s Dark Horse brand, found that nearly three-quarters of Brits…

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Carlsberg uses molecular gastronomy to create “Beer Caviar”

In honor of this year’s World Cup, Carlsberg has created the world’s first beer caviar. “The last couple of years there has been a trend within molecular gastronomy to develop artificial caviar from natural ingredients with all kinds of flavors. We thought it would be fun to create caviar made from beer to give soccer…

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George Brown College Inaugural Wine Symposium – June 25

This year’s theme will focus on The Business of Wine in the new Global Economy: An exploration of trends in the World of Wine. On June 25th, George Brown College’s Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts brings together a renowned group of wine industry leaders for an in-depth look at The Business of Wine in…

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SOTHEBY’S INTRODUCES ‘INSTANT’ FINE WINE CELLARS

SOTHEBY’S INTRODUCES ‘INSTANT’ FINE WINE CELLARS Sotheby’s Retail has introduced an ‘Instant Cellars’ concept, giving customers in the US and Hong Kong the chance to buy wine collections for drinking, cellaring and investment. In the US, these cellar ‘starter packs’ range from a simple introductory cellar costing US$5,000 to a collection costing US$25,000, with two…

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La Cité du Vin et The Ultimate Guide To Champagne

It’s official “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” reference library.  The librarian has added it to La Cité du Vin’s collection under the category of “Champagne Books”. La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” is an area open to everyone, offering a wide selection of literary, historical, artistic and…

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2017 Bordeaux Futures Prices + Analysis

Chateau Palmer released its prices on April 23, ahead of others — a rarity, as other Bordeaux’s top châteaus wait to see how the other wineries position themselves. In addition, the Margaux a third-growth released the first tranche at 20 percent below its 2016 release price. A few thereafter, others followed Palmer’s example. Bordeaux watchers…

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Direct Train London to Bordeaux Planned for 2020

A direct high speed railway that would take passengers from London to Bordeaux in under five hours could be in operation by 2020, according to the chief executive of the HS1 rail network.   Currently travellers from London to Bordeaux have to change trains in Paris. The Paris route takes 5h 25m, including a 1…

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SANDRO BOTTEGA AWARDED RIEDEL WINE MAKER OF THE YEAR IN TORONTO

Sandro Bottega, the owner and Managing Director of the Italian winery and distillery Bottega, will be honoured this evening with the 2018 Riedel® Winemaker of the Year Award.  Sandro Bottega will receive the award from The Cambridge Food & Wine Society, on behalf of Riedel, the Austrian crystal glassmaker who is the world leader in…

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The Ultimate Guide to Champagne is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” as a Champagne Reference

I’m honoured to announce that my book “The Ultimate Guide to Champagne” is now available at La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” reference library under the category of “Champagne Books”. La Cité du Vin’s “Reading Room” is an area open to everyone, offering a wide selection of literary, historic, artistic and anthropological works relating to the…

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Japan Overtakes Germany in Champagne Export Market

Japan has overtaken Germany in export volumes of champagne for the first time in history, according to recent data provided by Comité Champagne. Japan imported 12.8m bottles between 2016-17, which is a 21.3% increase on the previous year, leapfrogging them above Germany into third place. “Over the past 20 years, Japan has produced 3,000 sommeliers…

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Harrods sets new standards for drinks retailing

 London saw the official unveiling of a new fine wine and spirits retailing space last week – and it’s so impressive, a new standard has been set. Harrods new wine and spirits shop is part of a multi-million pound investment in food and drinks retailing at the London department store The shop can be found…

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Chateau Palmer 2017 Released

Chateau Palmer 2017 has been released at €192 per bottle ex-negociant, down 20% on the 2016 release price of €240. It is being offered at a recommended retail price of £2,350 per 12×75, a decrease of 18% in sterling terms on the 2016 release of £2,880 per case. James Suckling scored the wine 97-98 points…

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Beer and food pairing potential hailed by top chef

Beer is becoming an increasingly popular accompaniment to meals and one of the world’s best chefs has given it his endorsement.  A Global Data report shows that 47% of consumers find the concept of pairing food and beer appealing, leaving it behind only wine in terms of popularity. Joan Roca, chef of Girona’s three Michelin-starred…

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Franciacorta, Italy’s Premium Sparkling Wine

What and Where is Franciacorta? Franciacorta is a sparkling wine from the Province of Brescia, Northern Italy with DOCG status. It was first referenced as Franzacurta in the Eighth Book of Brescia in 1277. Guido Berlucchi produced the first Franciacorta in 1961, and during 1995 the sparkling wines of Franciacorta were awarded DOCG status. This…

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2014 Kendall-Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon “Vintner’s Reserve”

“This lush, round and rich vintage is back by popular demand!” Vintage: 2014 Varietal: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot & 1% Malbec Bottle size: 750 ml Region: Sonoma County State or country: CA/USA Price: $27.95 [Canadian] Available: In Ontario, Vintages # 331603 Review date: March 17, 2018 Review: This dark ruby wine has aromas of lush…

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Champagne shipments for 2017

The final figures for Champagne shipments in 2017 were recently announced. Total sales amounted to 307.3 million bottles, which is + 0.4% compared to 2016. The French market dropped by 2.5% with 153.7 million bottles. “A decline stronger than expected due to disappointing sales in December,” commented Maxime Toubart, president of the Syndicat Général des Vignerons, co-president…

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Champagne Review: Comte de Senneval Champagne

Champagne Review: Comte de Senneval Champagne Autolytic notes of biscuit and toast, with creamy lemon and apple with hints of tropical fruit on the palate; persistent bubbles. Alcohol: 12.50% Grapes: Chardonnay Pinot Meunier Pinot Noir Score: 89 Excellent price 19 € Food pairing suggestions  Pork, rich fish (salmon, tuna ), shellfish, mild and soft cheese

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Cognac XO classification to rise to 10 years

    The BNIC (BNIC Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac) has recently announced that the classification for XO Cognac is set to change on April 1, 2018. What does this mean? This means that the youngest eau-de-vie included in a blended Cognac labelled XO* must be aged in barrels for at least 10 years, instead…

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The Golden Globes 2018 and Moët & Chandon

Moët & Chandon has been the champagne of choice for the Golden Globes for over twenty-five years. In celebration of the award show’s 75th anniversary, Moet has joined up with actress Jamie Chung to create “Moët 75”, the official cocktail for 2018. Made with fresh blood orange juice, the Moët 75 is bright and fruity,…

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Terroir and Origin Are the Heart of Cognac’s New Visual Identity

The words “Cognac France” in a timelessly elegant font, are written over a rich, earth-tone image in the exact shape of the Cognac region; these are the essential elements of the Cognac appellation’s new visual identity. This logo reminds us that this inimitable and world-famous beverage is a product of one, and only one, place. Unveiled worldwide on November 14, the new…

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Champagne Tips and Trends for the Holiday Season — Liz Palmer  

Whether you’re clinking glasses at a festive reception or toasting with family over turkey dinner, there’s nothing quite like a glass of Champagne at Christmas! Glamorous, festive and celebratory – here are some champagne tips to get the party started. 1. Champagne only comes from the Champagne region which is north east of France, or…

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“Christmas Kiss” Champagne Cocktail created by Liz Palmer

“Christmas Kiss” Ingredients 〜2 round ice cubes (made with Harrods Lemmon grass tea and 3-4 pink peppercorns) 〜3 oz brut Champagne 〜½ tsp of confit de champagne a la rose 〜Fresh rosemary sprigs 〜Champagne coupe Instructions Place two ice cubes into a chilled Champagne coupe, add ½ tsp of confit de champagne a la rose,…

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Press Release: Liz Palmer’s website ranks as one of the top Champagne sites

Toronto, November 29, 2017/PRNewswire/ — Industry professionals have ranked Liz Palmer’s website (www.liz-palmer.com) as one of the “Top Forty Champagne Websites” on the web. Chosen from thousands of top Champagne websites and blogs Feedspot used analytics, indexing and social metrics, with data being refreshed once a week. The awards were announced Friday, November 24th. Websites…

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Toronto Event – Champagne Tips For the Holidays

  “Tis the Season for Champagne! Join us at The Fine Wine Reserve for our first Annual Holiday Event!   Champagne + Cognac + French Pastries + Appetizers + Chocolate   Champagne Food Pairing Tips + Recipes + Christmas Music by Robert Roland Further details and registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/toronto-wine-event-champagne-tips-for-the-holidays-by-liz-palmer-tickets-38507123844

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Louis Roederer Releases Cristal Vinothèque

Champagne Louis Roederer has released the first of its limited edition, extra-aged Cristal, known as ‘Vinothèque’. The release covers both the 1995 brut and 1996 rosé, which were disgorged over 10 years ago but then kept back in Roederer’s cellars for further aging. The Vinothèque wines have a slightly lower dosage of 7g/l compared with…

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SIX WAYS YOU CAN CELEBRATE CHAMPAGNE DAY ON OCTOBER 20TH, 2017

This is one of my favorite events of the year!  Wine lovers around the world raise a flute or two to the quintessential wine of celebration. The eighth annual “Global Champagne Day” takes place this year October 20, 2017.  Its exclusively a global social media event. Here are some ideas to celebrate this unique sparkling…

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Champagne Review Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Brut Rosé Champagne

        Varietal:     100% Pinot Noir Region:      Champagne Producer:   Laurent-Perrier Group Style:         Rich and Complex Alcohol:     12% The maceration on the skins for three days provides this glorious pink color with tinges of orange; displays aromas of raspberry, red currant, cherry and citrus; on the palate – intense fruit…

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Wine Review: La Crema Sonoma Coast 2015 Pinot Noir 

  Varietal:        Pinot Noir (100%? Region:          Sonoma Coast Producer:      La Crema Winery Alcohol:         13.9% This wine exhibits a deep ruby color with promising aromas of red cherry, blackberry and red pepper with some hints of spice; in the mouth, it offers multi-layers flavors of berries, plums,…

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Toronto Champagne Workshop: Learn About Rose Champagne

  Not only is Rosé Champagne popular, it is sophisticated and carefully crafted! At its best it combines yeasty complexity with supple fruitiness (from Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes). Each champagne house has its own approach to this delightful wine style.  We will be tasting two side-by-side in this very popular workshop. To highlight…

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Champagne Review: J. de Telmont Grand Rose Brut

J. de Telmont This Champagne is produced in Damery in the Marne Valley by J. de Telmont, one of the last Champagne houses to be family-owned and operated. Currently the House is headed by Bertrand Lhopital. With his sister Pascale, and his brother-in-law Philippe, the fourth Lhopital generation is working to keep J. de Telmont’s…

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Toronto Champagne Workshop: From Terroir to Wine

Join award winning Author, Liz Palmer for unique champagne experiences! Liz has created a series of introductory workshops for wine enthusiasts which will stimulate your mind and your all your senses.  The first one is From Terroir To Wine Tuesday, September 19, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Fine Wine Reserve 439 King Street West Toronto,…

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Perrier-Jouët Wins 2 Golds at the Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships for its magnums Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2004 and Perrier-Jouët Blason Rosé

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships is the most respected, comprehensive and rigorous international sparkling wine competition in the world. The 2017 edition attracted entries from 29 countries, which was more than ever before. Perrier-Jouët is very proud to have been awarded by the judges two Gold medals for two magnums: Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque…

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2017 Champagne Harvest

The Comité Champagne have announced the yield for the Champagne harvest is 10,800 kg per hectare including 500kg per hectare to be unblocked from the reserves. The Minister of Agriculture recently announced that the French wine harvest would be ‘historically low’. Yields in some wine making areas such as Bordeaux and the Jura have been…

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Champage Lanson releases limited edition Music Box

Champagne Lanson is releasing an audacious and elegant Music Box that combines the visual elements of the Lanson brand with a unique concept that enables an amplified sound when paired with a smartphone. The result is a case which doubles as a portable speaker. With a special resonance system, this new Music Box packaging allows…

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WINE REVIEW: RUINART ROSÉ

BLEND – VINIFICATION: Blend constructed on a base of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, mostly classified as Premiers Crus with 20 to 25% coming from wines reserved from the 2 previous years. 45% of the Chardonnay is from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards 55% of the Pinot Noir is from the Montagne…

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WINE REVIEW: RUINART BLANC DE BLANCS

The blend is 100% Chardonnay from various years (20 to 25% of which are wines reserved from the 2 previous years). A large majority of Premiers Crus from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims vineyards for aromatic refinement, supplemented by Sézannais wines known to provide maturity. Finally, several wines from the north of…

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Champagne-Lovers: Dom Pérignon Has Now Launched an On-Demand Delivery Service

[c attid=”5986″ aption id=”attachment_5986″ align=”alignleft” width=”1600″] (PRNewsfoto/Dom Pérignon)[/caption]Dom Pérignon now offers to consumers in selected areas of the U.S., starting with Miami and New York, the ability to purchase its vintages directly via their website: www.domperignon.com The sales will be made by licensed retailers, facilitated by third-party technology and delivery service Thirstie, through its independent…

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Champagne News: 2017 Harvest

At a meeting this past week in Epernay, CIVC, Champagne growers and houses agreed to set the available yield for the 2017 harvest at “10,800 kilograms per hectare, including 500 kg/ha to be released from the “reserve”. This decision is based on favorable agronomic prospects, to date estimated between 10,000 and 11,000 kg/ha, with a…

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